OSC Announces New and Free SME Institute Webinars

OSC | Release | Jan 16, 2023

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The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) today announced a new lineup of free webinars for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The webinars are offered through the ‘OSC SME Institute’ which helps small businesses understand and navigate the requirements of being or becoming a public company in Ontario.

  • Overview: The new webinars provide an opportunity for issuers and their advisors to hear directly from staff with guidance to assist them in meeting their continuous disclosure reporting obligations and on various prospectus initiatives designed to reduce regulatory burden for reporting issuers. Participants will also have an opportunity to interact with staff during the Question & Answer portion of the webinar.

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  • Key topics covered in the webinars will include:
    • Non-GAAP and other financial measures disclosure
    • Overly promotional disclosure (including greenwashing)
    • Forward-looking information disclosure expectations
    • Financial reporting and disclosure expectations during economic uncertainty
    • Management Discussion and Analysis and prospectus filing common deficiencies
    • A refresher on prospectus exemptions including new temporary exemptions.
  • Upcoming: For full details on the webinars and to register, visit the SME Institute calendar on the OSC website. For questions related to course content and registration, please contact SMEInstitute@osc.gov.on.ca.
  • On-demand: Archived replays of the webinars will also be available on the OSC’s website and YouTube channel . Previous archived webinars include financing options for SMEs

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